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Ottawa, Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care announced on Monday that there would be a reduction in the cost of prescription drugs in Canada following of an understanding provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and territorial governments reached with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, media reports said.
Eric Hoskins: Facebook
Excerpts from Dr Hoskins' statement:
"Starting April 1, the prices for nearly 70 of the most commonly prescribed generic drugs will be discounted by up to 90 per cent off the price of the equivalent brand-name drugs - which more than triples the number of drugs that were discounted under the previous generics initiative.
This builds on discounts achieved to date and improves pricing in Canada relative to other countries to ensure we are getting the best value for money.
Patients will see these savings when they fill their prescriptions, whether it's through a public drug plan, an employee plan or paying out of pocket.
Over five years, the initiative is expected to generate savings of up to $3 billion for public drug plans.
As Canada's most populous province, Ontario stands to benefit significantly from these savings, which will be reinvested in funding new innovative drug therapies and ensuring the sustainability of our public drug plans, including OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.
With generic drugs currently comprising more than 70 per cent of all prescriptions reimbursed under public drug plans, this initiative is a major step forward in terms of increasing price stability, consistency and predictability. But there is more that can be done.
Canada is the only industrialized country with universal health care, but no national pharmacare strategy.
Pharmacare would provide a cohesive, national approach for drug coverage, while increasing affordability for governments and providing equitable access to medications for Canadians.
Savings from the pCPA, including the $3 billion in savings from the initiative on generics announced today, show the power of a national approach to approving and purchasing drugs.
It also shows that, by working together, we can find the savings that make national pharmacare an affordable and realistic goal.
Ontario is leading the way with OHIP+, which provides young people age 24 and under with access to over 4,400 prescription medications at no cost, regardless of income.
We look forward to continuing the conversation with our provincial, territorial and federal partners about how we can move forward in achieving a national pharmacare program that will provide equitable and affordable drug coverage for all Canadians.
We are excited to be part of this initiative, which offers a glimpse of what we can accomplish when governments work together towards a common goal. Through this partnership, we are increasing access to affordable medication so all Canadians can enjoy a healthier future for themselves and their families."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jan 23 (Canadian-Media): Ontario is working with the City of Toronto's health care providers, shelter operators, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) -- responsible for planning, funding and integrating local health services that meet the needs of Over 1.3 million people live within the Toronto Central LHIN area -- and city staff to improve access to health services for homeless people or those living in shelters, media reports said.
"Homelessness is a very real urban issue in Canada, and addressing it is the responsibility of all citizens and all levels of government," John Tory, Mayor of Toronto was reported to state.
John Tory: Facebook Page
Ontario and city of Toronto officials working together to reportedly develop and implement the shelter health services pilot project over the next few months.
Renovations at 354 George Street, including to the building’s HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are reportedly being undertaken by the province to prepare the facility for the City of Toronto to use as a temporary shelter.
Approximately 6,900 units of supportive housing inhabited by people with mental disorders and other vulnerable people, in the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto and its adjoining cities) are being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC) -- a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system.
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
"The root cause of a good deal of the homelessness and shelter issues Toronto is facing tie back to mental health and addiction issues...I want to thank the Ontario government for working with the City of Toronto to implement long-term solutions to address this complex issue and its roots," Tory was reported to state.
"Our government is committed to continuing to work together with all our partners to find innovative solutions to improving access to needed health services for shelter users and increase the supply of supportive housing units in Toronto and across Ontario," Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care was reported to state.
Eric Hoskins: Facebook
Hoskins also exteded his gratitude to "front-line shelter workers and health service providers for their tireless work and advocacy on behalf of shelter users, who are some of the most vulnerable, underserved individuals in our communities."
Based on the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness -- established in Sep 2014 with a mandate to give advice on how to define and measure homelessness in Ontario, how to prioritize and set targets for ending homelessness, and how to build the evidence base and capacity to implement best practices around the province -- Ontario has set a goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025.
"We are committed to ending chronic homelessness in Ontario by 2025...Getting people into homes is vital to helping them live their lives to their fullest potential," Peter Milczyn, Ontario Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy was reported to state.
Peter Milczyn: Facebook
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Jan 2 (Canadian-Media): With Ontario's one of the biggest expansion of medicare in Ontario families by its launching of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare yesterday, Ontario became the first province to provide more than 4,400 prescription medications free for children and youth age 24, media reports said.
“We believe in helping all families receive the medication they need, at no cost, to stay healthy and strong regardless of income. OHIP+ is a bold step toward our commitment and vision of bringing universal drug coverage to all Ontarians,” Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care was reported to state.,
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Through OHIP+, young people can reportedly access more than 4,400 drug products reimbursed under the Ontario Drug Benefit program -- one of the most generous drug benefit programs in Canada, providing coverage for over 4,400 drug products, including nutrition products and diabetic testing agents
This list would reportedly also include some of the most commonly used medications and those available through the Exceptional Access Program qualified individuals free of cost.
The Exceptional Access Program reportedly enables access to drugs not funded on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary or where no appropriate alternative is available on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary.
Qualified people would only be required to present their Ontario health card number along with a valid prescription at an Ontario pharmacy and medicine will be provided free of charge.
Medications covered by OHIP+ include asthma inhalers, drugs for treatment of depression, anxiety, epilepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antibiotics, EpiPens (epinephrine auto-injectors), insulin, diabetes test strips, oral contraceptives, medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions, and many others.
Ontario's new medication coverage tool enables people to search to see if their drugs are covered under OHIP+.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)